Gigabyte has a very interesting single LGA 2011 motherboard out supporting the Intel Xeon E5-1600 and Xeon E5-2600 series CPUs. Looking at the specs of this board, it looks to be aimed at workstation builds, with audio, and only a single GbE port. It can take a big video card and have enough PCIe lanes for a SAS controller as well, plus still a spare 4x PCIe and PCI slot. This looks to be a good general purpose motherboard for those that require a little of everything.
Still hoping to get pricing information and to see widespread availability, but this may be an interesting alternative for the Intel Xeon E5-1600 and Xeon E5-2600 series CPUs. The lack of multiple Gigabit LAN NICs onboard is a bit disappointing as this is an almost standard feature in this class of motherboard.
The Gigabyte GA-6PXSV1 does have a very edgy design and color pallet. You can see that the motherboard is oriented towards traditional desktop tower cases with exhaust vents above the CPU socket as the DIMM orientation and ATX power orientation is top-to-bottom not side-to-side. From a cooling perspective, the Gigabyte GA-6PXSV1 will be less efficient in a traditional server chassis and more efficient in a traditional pro-sumer chassis, much like the ASUS P9X79 WS.
Gigabyte GA-6PXSV1 Specifications
244W x 305H (mm)
|CPU||Single LGA 2011 socket
Supports Intel® Xeon® processor E5-1600/2600 product families
|Memory||8 DIMM slots support Registered or ECC Unbuffered
Dual channel up to 64GB DDR3 1066/1333/1600 MHz
|LAN||Single Gigabit Ethernet LAN port (Intel®82579LM)|
|SAS||1 x Mini SAS with 4 SAS 2.0 (3Gb/s)|
|SATA||2 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports 4 x SATA II 3Gb/s ports|
|Audio||Realtek ACL892 HD|
|RAID Function||Intel® SW RAID 0/1/10/5 (SATA)
Intel® SW RAID 0/1/10 (SAS)
|Expansion Slots||1 x PCIe x16 (@Gen3 x16 bus) slot
2 x PCIe x8 (@Gen3 x8 bus) slots
1 x PCIe x4 (@Gen2 x4 bus) slot
1 x PCI 32/33MHz
|Back Panel Connectors||2 x USB 2.0 ports
4 x USB 3.0 internal ports 1 x IEEE 1394
2 x COM ports
1 x RJ45
6 x Audio jacks